November 2017

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WOA Board

Brandi Bilyeu- President
Joe Maycock- President-Elect
Nate Edwards- Treasurer
Chris Jons-Secretary
Jonathan Hartley-Director
Jeremy Nett- Director
Lynda Jones- Past President

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday!

Dana Day- 4th
Lynda Jones- 12th
Mike Hughes- 21st
Jeremy Nett- 26th

Remember- if you're birthday is not showing up here you need to update your member profile!

Reminder from the State Board

The WY State Board of Examiners wants to remind you that all your CE is due by the end of the year.  They will be auditing 100% of the membership again this year.  Everyone has had their OE tracker paid for by the state so you can log on and see how many and what type of hours you have.  If you have not gotten all your hours you will be charged a fee and may lose your ability to practice for a while.  So everyone needs to check now and so you can get any delinquent hours in.

WOA Winter Conference

The Wyoming Optometric Association would like to invite you to attend the 2018 Winter Conference in Casper. Come learn from experts, attain CE credits, and network with your peers. 

Thursday, January 25- Saturday, Janaury 27, 2018

Best Western Ramkota Hotel, Casper 

Agenda Highlights:

Thursday, January 25th- Join us at the Ramkota at 7:00pm.  We will have light refreshments as you visit with others. (Guests welcome)

Friday, January 26th- Don't miss the Annual WOA Awards Luncheon sponsored by OOGP. (Guests welcome- $15) 

Friday, January 26th- You are invited to join us for a group event.  We're still looking at options but it will be fun! (Guests welcome-$25)

The Winter Conference will be held at Best Western Ramkota Hotel in Casper, WY.  Discounted rooms are available for $80.00 a night (plus tax).  Please make your own reservations.  You must call the Ramkota to make reservations:  307-266-6000 and mention the Wyoming Optometric Association.  Reservations must be made by January 10, 2018 in order to receive the discounted rate.

The CE this year includes a total of 11 hours and covers clinical tinting, retinal disease, blue light, vision therapy & oculomotor issues, and nutrition clinical pearls form AMD, Gluacoma, and beyond. Courses will be provided by Ian Jordan, Dr. Jay Haynie, and Dr. Julie Poteet


The Para-Optometric's have 11 hours of CPC accredited courses.  Courses include glasses adjustments, cow eyeball dissection, ocular triage, and pre-testing courses. 


Eventbrite - WOA 2018 Winter Conference

We look forward to seeing you in Casper soon!

WOA OD/Young OD of the Year Nominations

It's time again to nominate your colleagues who deserve to be recognized for their work and dedication to the profession of optometry and as members of their communities!

Nominations are due by December 20th.

Click here for Nomination Form

Have you donated to AOA PAC for 2017?

Thank you to our WOA doctors who have already donated to the AOA PAC!  

As the role of government continues to expand, it becomes increasingly important to support candidates seeking federal office who understand the legislative issues facing optometry. Since the composition of the U.S. Congress changes so frequently, AOA-PAC's role must be a continuing one. AOA-PAC, as well as the AOA Washington Office, is your voice in the nation's capital.  To donate now:

Dr. Jessica Jo Albers
Dr. Brian J Ballard
Dr. Brandi N Bilyeu
Dr. James A Boucher
Kristanza M Bronnenberg
Dr. David R Carlson
Dr. Martin Carroll
Dr. Dana L Day
Dr. David C Eldred
Dr. Timothy J Fehlauer
Dr. Ashlee E Fischer
Dr. Joseph L Fischer
Dr. Paul L Gustafson
Dr. Mike E Harris
Dr. Jonathan M Hartley
Dr. Samuel K Hoffmann
Dr. Christopher L Jons
Dr. Roger Lynn Jordan
Dr. Joseph V Katschke
Dr. Benjamin J Kister
Dr. Sarah L Koehn
Dr. Joshua Marc Lahiff
Dr. Sue Esther Lowe
Dr. Joseph C Maycock
Dr. Jill M H Miller
Dr. Jeremy T Nett
Dr. Travis J Shelton
Dr. Carla D Shoults
Dr. Jenning Voss
Dr. Randy E Waddell
Dr. Mark Turner Wells
Dr. Peggy J. Whiteplume
Dr. Jeffrey A Wilson
Dr. Melissa M Younger


Free Resource for QPP MIPS Assistance

Did you know there is a free resource for QPP MIPS assistance?
Mountain-Pacific is here to assist you, at no cost, to be successful with reporting Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). As a contractor with Medicare, we are here to support all clinics and providers who are affected by the new Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP) beginning in 2017. According to our reports we show many optometrists throughout the state are included in MIPS and could face a 4% negative payment adjustment if they do not report for the 2017 performance year.
Our team has experts and specialists who assist clinics with MIPS each day and we welcome the opportunity to provide education and support to your clinic to help you understand the MIPS program and how you can be successful in reporting.  To take advantage of this no cost offer, please take a short online assessment  Once you have completed the assessment, we will reach out to you to set up an appointment to review the specifics of your clinic and find the best measures and methods for your clinic to report MIPS and be successful at avoiding a penalty for not reporting. 
For further information, here are a few additional resources:
  1. A short, but comprehensive, document outlining the components of the MIPS program:
  2. Resources by MIPS category on our website
  3. Our MIPS blog      
WOA Newsletter - November 2017